Based on one of the timeless stories of one of the best-selling books of the nineteenth century, this stage adaptation condenses the epic tale so that it can be told by just four actors (or it can be expanded for a cast of up to twenty-six). The story follows an amateur theatre troupe as they produce the massive tale of the fictional Jewish prince and merchant Judah Ben-Hur. He falls to galley slave and rises to champion charioteer within Jerusalem during the life of Jesus Christ, while the actors struggle along through the piece as rivalries form and offstage romances interfere. Complete with chariot race, sea battle, and stage combat, Patrick Barlow weaves his compressed style popularized by The 39 Steps into one of the largest stories ever told.
"[...] more quick changes and tomfoolery than an entire run of Monty Python." - The Guardian, Read More
"Patrick Barlow's small-scale take on this epic tale is a palpable hit." - Evening Standard, Read More
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March 27, 2019
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- Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: The Ancient Roman Empire 1-30 AD
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
ACTOR 2 - Caspar, Archangel Gabriel, Messala, Jesus, Galley Captain, Roman Captain, Galley Slave 2, Nubian dancer, Valentinyo.
ACTOR 3 - Mary, Tirzah, Esther, Ancient Slave, Nubian dancer, Catalinya, Naboth, Mrs Pilate.
ACTOR 4 - Balthasar, Sara, Centurion, Slave-driver, Quintus Arrius, Pontius Pilate.
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
Ben Hur premiered at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, UK in July 2012 under the direction of Sean Foley and Patrick Barlow.